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Loose [International]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Since her acclaimed 2000 debut, Whoa, Nelly!, Canadian-Portuguese chanteuse Nelly Furtado set her sights on becoming the thinking-person's pop star. The tension in that ambition, though, is that the masses drawn in by her stunning voice tend to resist the insistently eclectic stylistic shifts that Furtado favors. With Loose, she dismisses the problem entirely: While there are still traces of bohemia scattered throughout the grooves, the disc is essentially Furtado's effort to get in close touch with her inner party girl -- a connection that sparks with electricity. It's palpable enough on the teasing "Promiscuous," on which she duets with uber producer Timbaland, who ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Since her acclaimed 2000 debut, Whoa, Nelly!, Canadian-Portuguese chanteuse Nelly Furtado set her sights on becoming the thinking-person's pop star. The tension in that ambition, though, is that the masses drawn in by her stunning voice tend to resist the insistently eclectic stylistic shifts that Furtado favors. With Loose, she dismisses the problem entirely: While there are still traces of bohemia scattered throughout the grooves, the disc is essentially Furtado's effort to get in close touch with her inner party girl -- a connection that sparks with electricity. It's palpable enough on the teasing "Promiscuous," on which she duets with uber producer Timbaland, who makes a rare appearance on the mike. But it really bursts forth on "Maneater" an impossibly infectious pop-rocker custom-made for summertime highway cruising and "Afraid" on which Timbaland boosts the energy level into the red zone. The singer still has her moments of artistic restlessness, but she's learned to channel them in more immediately accessible ways -- as on the serpentine "Wait for You," which bounces along on a bracing bhangra beat, and the reggaeton-tinged "No Hay Igual," a duet with Colombian superstar Juanes. Loose also includes the requisite ballad or two -- the best of which, the acoustic guitar-driven "In God's Hands," exudes an intimacy that's almost blush-worthy. With songs that are skintight and an attitude that's exactly what its title implies, Loose is the perfect soundtrack to the summer of '06.
Vibe - Kevin Wong
Furtado masterfully combines Spanish and pop influences in her own unique way.
Billboard - Clover Hope
On her third set, "Loose," the eclectic singer offers a more varied mix of pop, hip-hop and Latin, showcasing not only her own dexterity but that of chief producer Timbaland as well.... A welcome exercise in versatility.
Los Angeles Times - Natalie Nichols
Furtado is game for anything Timbaland tosses out, and his production on most tracks unifies the disparate styles and moods. She raps and sings over his signature blend of primal yet sophisticated rhythms and up-to-the-minute dance trends.
Atlanta Journal Constitution - Shane Harrison
[Grade: A-] The pop album of the year (so far).... "Loose" is a miniature journey through the state of pop music.
San Francisco Chronicle - Neva Chonin
"Loose" finds Furtado proving her pop mettle by donning full urban regalia and going for broke.... "Loose" is the sound of an artist leaping for the brass ring with claws extended and teeth bared.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Kevin Johnson
[Grade: A] An overwhelmingly funky disc that expertly picks up where Gwen Stefani's last CD left off.... Some of today's best freewheelin' urban pop.
Los Angeles Daily News - Rob Lowman
Terrific ear candy.
Miami Herald - Evelyn McDonnell
Loose has enough hits to make it a summer essential.

On her third set, "Loose," the eclectic singer offers a more varied mix of pop, hip-hop and Latin, showcasing not only her own dexterity but that of chief producer Timbaland as well.... A welcome exercise in versatility.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2006
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • UPC: 602498539170
  • Catalog Number: 9853917
  • Sales rank: 267,333

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Afraid (3:35)
  2. 2 Maneater (4:25)
  3. 3 Promiscuous (4:02)
  4. 4 Glow (4:02)
  5. 5 Showtime (4:15)
  6. 6 No Hay Igual (3:35)
  7. 7 Te Busque (3:38)
  8. 8 Say It Right (3:43)
  9. 9 Do It (3:41)
  10. 10 In God's Hands (4:54)
  11. 11 Wait for You (5:11)
  12. 12 Somebody to Love (4:56)
  13. 13 All Good Things (Come to an End) (5:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nelly Furtado Primary Artist, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Rusty Anderson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Luis Conte Percussion
Larry Corbett Cello
Joel Derouin Violin
Armen Garabedian Violin
Paula Hochhalter Cello
Peter Kent Violin
Greg Kurstin Keyboards
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Rick Nowels Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, quatro, Piano (Grand)
Ramon Stagnaro Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Josefina Vergara Violin
Joey Waronker Drums
Suzie Katayama Cello
Timbaland Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Daniel Stone Percussion
Roberto Cani Violin
Nisan Stewart Drums
Luis Orbegoso Percussion
Sam Littlemore Synthesizer Bass
Kevin Rudolf Guitar
Gerardo Hilera Violin
Sharon Jackson Violin
Steve Richards Cello
Marithza Bain Choir, Chorus
Jim Beanz Background Vocals
Brittney Howard Choir, Chorus
Beverly Jean Choir, Chorus
Mario de León Violin
Technical Credits
Chris Garcia Engineer
Jon Ingoldsby Engineer
Lester Mendez Composer, Producer
Rick Nowels Composer, Producer
Thom Panunzio Executive Producer
J. Peter Robinson Art Direction
Suzie Katayama String Contractor
Timbaland Producer, Executive Producer
James Roach Engineer
Tim Mosley Composer
Nisan Stewart Composer, Producer
Juanes Composer
Nelly Furtado Composer, Programming, Producer, Executive Producer
Chris Martin Composer
Wayne Rodrigues drum programming
Joe Wohlmuth Engineer
Vadim Chislov Engineer
Kieron Menzies Engineer
Sam Littlemore drum programming
Timothy "Attitude" Clayton Composer
Gita Williams Marketing
Ben Jost Engineer
Mark Barnes Marketing Coordinator
Jim Beanz Composer, Vocal Producer
Kobla Tetey Engineer
Dean Reid Engineer
Nate Hills Composer
Marcella Araica Engineer
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